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Postdoctoral Positions in Society and Neuroscience (Columbia University)

Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

Columbia University is pleased to announce three postdoctoral positions for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in a humanities or social science discipline—such as psychiatry, psychology, public health, law, history, economics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts—and who have extensive acquaintance with and critical understanding of neuroscience research.  These Presidential Scholars will form the inaugural members of an innovative program that will eventually include nine postdoctoral positions and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Over the last decade, Columbia University has assembled a distinguished group of neuroscientific researchers in the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute which, with the infusion of new funds and a new building, stands poised to become one of the most important loci of neuroscience research in the world. Columbia University is committed to supplementing the groundbreaking experimental inquiry of the neuroscience faculty by systematic investigation into the conceptual underpinnings and the social foundations and consequences of such newly obtained knowledge.  The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience will add the perspective of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to intensify and broaden the neuroscientific research base and help advance transformative interdisciplinary research throughout the University.

The goal of this interdisciplinary experiment is to train and foster a new generation of scholars with the capacity to advance understanding of the humanist and social dimensions of mind, brain, and behavior.  In order to foster true interdisciplinary research, each Presidential Scholar will work very closely with two senior mentors, one drawn from neuroscience and the other from the humanities or social science discipline closest to the work of the scholar.  The Presidential Scholars, mentors, and affiliated faculty will meet bi-weekly throughout the academic year, inviting guest discussions from accomplished scholars around the world and serving as a locus for the Presidential Scholars’ presentation of their own work.

Successful applicants will be appointed in the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University.  Appointments will be made at the level of postdoctoral scholar or scientist, or associate research scholar or scientist, with a start date of July 1, 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year.  Renewal for the second and third years will be based on satisfactory performance.  The annual salary will be approximately $80,000, plus benefits.


Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must hold the doctoral degree by July 1, 2015 (and have received the doctorate after July 1, 2010) in a humanities or social science discipline, and must demonstrate extensive acquaintance with and critical understanding of an aspect of neuroscience.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015 and will continue until the positions are filled.  All applications must be submitted through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) and must include:  a cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, writing sample of up to 30 pages (article or book chapter),  proposal for an interdisciplinary research project (or projects) that builds on your own disciplinary background and an aspect of neuroscientific research,  work sample or portfolio (if applicable – for applicants with a background in the Arts), and three letters of reference.   For more information and to apply, please go to

For questions about the application process, please contact

Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


Lecture and Discussion Series – Issues in Mental Health Policy (Weill Cornell Medical Center, Fall 2014)

DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry

Presents a lecture and discussion series


Weill Cornell Medical Center

Baker Auditorium (room f1190)

525 East 68th St.

What do we know about the criminalization of mental illness?


 Elizabeth B. Ford, M.D.
Director Forensic Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center

“Sickening punishment: the evolution and impact of mental illness in jails and prisons”

September 24, 2014
Room f1190

Homer Venters, M.D.
Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Correctional Health Services, DOHMH

“Age, Race, and Solitary Confinement as Features of the Mental Health Service in the NYC Jail System”

October 29, 2014
Room f1190

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Weill Cornell Richardson History of Psychiatry Richardson Seminars – Fall 2014

Fall 2014

The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar

Convenes on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from September through May

 2:00 PM Baker Tower Conference Room F-1200 


September 3                Martha-Grace Duncan, Ph.D., J.D., Emory University Law School

“Morbid Laughter, Proper Tears:  The Demand for ‘Appropriate’ Emotions in Criminal Law”


September 17             Liliane Weissberg, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

“From Lessing to Freud: The Parable of the Three Rings”


October 1                     Mical Raz, M.D., Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine

“Psychiatry, Civil Rights and the Politics of Intellectual Disability”


October 15                   Rob Goldstein, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College

“Balzac’s Addicts: A Literary Endophenotype”


November 5                 Diane O’Donoghue, Ph.D., Tufts University

“Freud on the Ring: The Architecture of Everyday Life before Berggasse”


November 19                Doron Ben-Atar, Ph.D., Fordham University & Richard D. Brown, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

“Taming Lust: Desire, Anxiety and the Prosecution Sexual Crimes in the Early American Republic”


December 3                 Greg Eghigian, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

“The Tangled History of Psychopathy in Germany”


December 17                No Seminar — Holiday Party


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Spring 2014 Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminars (Weill Cornell, NYC)

Spring 2014

The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar

Convenes on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from September through May

 2:00 PM Baker Tower Conference Room F-1200

January 15

No Lecture – American Psychoanalytic Meeting

February 5

Joseph Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College
“Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Defense of Academic Medicine”

February 19

Carl Schoonover, Ph.D., Axel Laboratory, Columbia University
“Visualizing Neural Structure: Historical Development and Contemporary Practice”

March 5

Nathan Kravis, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
“Whence the Couch?”

March 19

Edward Brown, M.D., Brown University
“François Leuret: The Last Moral Therapist”

April 2

Max Fink, M.D., Stonybrook University Medical School
“The Creation of Catatonia, its Co-option in Schizophrenia, and its Revival: Failure of Obeisance to Kraepelin”

April 16

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau, Ph.D., New York University
“From the ‘writing cure’ to the ‘talking cure’: Revisiting the discovery of the unconscious”

May 7

Sabine Arnaud, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
“Deafness, Norms, and the Distribution of Expertise in the Late Nineteenth Century” 

May 21

Akihito Suzuki, School of Economics, Keio University
Eric T. Carlson Memorial Lecture: Grand Rounds, Uris Auditorium
“Madness, Marriage, and Migration: Eugenics and Japanese Society”

Richardson Seminar, Room f1190
“Modernism and Mental Illness in Early Twentieth-Century Tokyo”

* PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited. Attendance by permission only.

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Fall 2013 Richardson History of Psychiatry Seminar (Weill Cornell, NYC)

The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar

Convenes on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from September through May

New York Presbyterian Hospital

2:00 PM Baker Tower Conference Room F-1200

September 18
Siovahn Walker, Ph.D., Columbia University
“What is a liber de anima? Understanding the genesis and purpose of psychology’s oldest genre”
October 2
Ruth Leys, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
“Problems of Affect and the Neurosciences of Emotion”
October 16
Mary Bergstein, Ph.D., Rhode Island School of Design
“Science to Eros: Visual Culture in Freud’s Vienna”
November 6
Kristen Lane, Ph.D., Bard College
“Attitudes Across Time”
November 20
Ben Flarris, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
“The Marx-Freud Debate in American Psychiatry, 1930-1956”
December 4
Debbie Weinstein, Ph.D., Brown University
“War and the Mind in 20th Century America”
December 18
No Seminar — Holiday Party

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